The Best Beers in America (According to Men’s Journal)

Well it only took Men’s Journal about a decade to figure out that the finest beers in all the world are not necessarily brewed in countries that use umlauts and sell their beers in green bottles. They were surprised — nay, shocked! — to learn that the most popular beers in Copenhagen were not Danish but rather from the good ole U.S. of A!

Naturally, I wouldn’t necessarily consider them any kind of authority when listing America’s best beers, but they have a pretty solid list after all. Although in my opinion, they are overrating some brews and leaving some worthy beers of the list entirely.

The beers are split into the following categories: Dark beers, Ales, Belgians, something called “Cutting Edge,” and Lagers. They also name the five best Beer Cities: (Chargers, Yankees, Trailblazers, Flyers and White Sox)

I’m not sure how good Men’s Journal’s beer vocabulary is, since they lump all Belgian ales (witbiers, tripels, etc) into one category. Ditto for ales; Lagunitas IPA and Odell 90 Shilling Scottish Ale do NOT belong in the same category. Also, while Stone Levitation is a helluva nice beer, does it really best define what a garden variety “Ale” is?

Also, why is Lagunitas IPA listed under “ales” and Dogfish Head Squall IPA listed under “cutting edge”? I’m not exactly sure what is so “cutting edge” about Squall IPA, either. Don’t get me wrong, Squall IPA is one of the best beers I’ve had all year, but it’s basically an unfiltered version of their 90 Minute IPA.

I do love that they put Victory Prima Pils in their Lager section, but the three they have listed are two hoppy pilsners and a dark lager, which seems to be a bit of a cop-out on the “lager” front. It would have been nice for them to include a nice malty lager to include here and make a separate list for pilsners.

I can’t complain about any of the beers on the list (although Left Hand Polestar Pilsner isn’t reeeeally the best lager in the U.S.), I just wish that Men’s Journal could have taken a little more time with their list.

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~ by William H on October 6, 2009.

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